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IACSIT International Journal of Engineering and Technology, Vol.3, No.

2, April 2011

Low power microcontroller based intelligent token number

speaker and display system
Munzur-ul-Mamun , A.H.M. Zadidul Karim , Md.Istiaq Mahbub

AbstractThese People normally stand in a line to get service

in many public servicing places. People also face many
problems there. Because, People break their serials and create a
noisy situation. Our proposed device can overcome this
problem. Our proposed device can show any three digit number
from 0 to 999 and it can also speak this number. The voice of
this device is so clear that, anyone can listen and understand it
easily. Already we had known about such a device Low Power
Microcontroller Based Simple Smart Token Number Display
System which published in 2009 Fifth International
Conference on MEMS NANO By Mr.Rajesh Kannan
Megalingam. His device could show digit but could not speak
the number. But our proposed device can overcome this

our practical device. We also described the utility of our

device against the device of Mr. Kannan Megalingam in our
varsity canteen and we have showed how our device is
unique and more comfortable. Then we finished with


The token number display system basically consists of
eight blocks as shown in figure(2). They are, AVR
microcontroller (ATmega128) , key button, display
unit ,digital to analog converter IC (DAC 0800), A voltage
amplifier (LM741), Soundmodule,5v power supply. A detail
description of each block has given below.

Index TermsMicrocontroller, Token Number Display,

number announcement, digits.


In a developing and populous country like Bangladesh, we
have to stand in a queue to get demandable services. Such as
in banks, hospitals, canteens etc. In the above mentioned
places the device of Rajesh Mr. Kannan Megalingam is an
essential device to keep discipline. But, in maximum cases
there are more than 99 people in the serial. Then his device
becomes poor. Regarding this problem, we have devised a
device which can show more digit number to serve this huge
number of people more comfortably. So, we have designed
the device to show three digits and our device has another
speciality to speak the number in the loud speaker. Mr.
Kannan Megalingam suggests to use ICs like SP0256 to
design the device. But, this Ic is not available in our country.
And this Ic is very costly. But we have designed the device
without using this type of voice synthesizer Ic. We have done
It using only an ATmega128 microcontroller Ic. So that, the
task has become more critical to design the software for us
and we had to work very hard to design it. We hope that,
using our device everybody will feel comfort and it will save
time too. In this paper, we have started with the block
diagram of our proposed device. Then we described
methodology of our proposed device. We described our
software part by flow chart. We also have given the picture of
Manuscript received January 28, 2011
F.A. Munzur-ul-mamun is with the Department Electrical and Electronic
Engineering, University of Asia Pacific (, Dhanmondi,
Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh.( E-mail:
S.B. A.H.M.ZadidulKarim ,Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical
and Electronic Engineering(EEE), The University Of Asia Pacific
(UAP)House No. 73, Road No. 5A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209,
T.C.Md.Istiaq Mahbub,Research Engineer, Research & Development
Cell, EM POWER LTD,( Email:

AT MEGA128 is one of the most popular microcontrollers

used specially in automotive, industrial appliances and
consumer applications. High-performance, Low-power
Atmel AVR 8-bit Microcontroller. 128 Kbytes of In-System
Self-programmable Flash program memory.Besides that
other remarkable features are:
1) 4 Kbytes EEPROM
4 Kbytes Internal SRAM

Fig.1. Block diagram of the proposed device.

Two 8-bit Timer/Counters with Separate Prescalers and

Compare Modes
2) Two Expanded 16-bit Timer/Counters with Separate
Prescaler, Compare Mode and
Capture Mode
3) Real Time Counter with Separate Oscillator
4) Two 8-bit PWM Channels
I/O and Packages


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64-lead TQFP and 64-pad QFN/MLF
6) Reliability Qualification results show that the projected
data retention failure rate is much less than 1 PPM over 20
years at 85C or 100 years at 25C.
B. Key button
We have only used two key buttons. The first button
increases the display number and the second button reset the
program. The first button is connected to pin number PD2 of
the microcontroller and the second button is connected to pin
number PD3 of the same microcontroller. To prevent the
debouncing and to balance the current we have used 320
resistors microcontroller pin to ground.
C. Display unit
In our project we used seven segment displays. We have
used two set of seven segment display. Operator display and
customer display. There are three seven segment in each set.
Seven segment displays contains seven LED bars. Seven
segment display are available in two types, called, common
cathode and common anode. In our project we used
common cathode type display. We used CMOS 4026B to
control the seven segment display this system uses just two
pins to control the display. The reset is used to reset the
display to 0. The clock pin is then used to increment the digit
up from 0. This means to display the digit 3 it is necessary
to reset and then pulse the clock line 4 times in reality this
means that the display shows the digits 0-1-2-3, but as they
are clocked extremely rapidly, the human eye cannot see
changes and the number 3 seems to appear immediately.
This system can be expanded to three digits by adding a three
4026B IC and a three seven segment display.

microcontroller programming .We have done it in avr

bascom compiler. We have already shown the input pin
settings. We had to declare and initialize some variables
(K,D,L,M,N,T)to control the program. The variable K
represents the value of counter. Variable K will be
incremented if pin PD2 is high. we have given a pulse in the
pin number PD6-which is connected to the clock pin of
4026.For each pulse the IC will increase a decimal number in
display. After every increment, the value of K will be
checked. If it goes to one thousand then it will be assigned to
0. For any digit (less than 1000)it will make a number of three
digit. (for example if K=9,the number will be 009).The first,
second and third digit will be kept in variable M,N,L
respectively. We have initialized D=1, at first the value of M
will be moved to T. Then the number in T will be checked.
The numbers (which is found from T) respective data has
been moved to the data array of the port A. After every
increment it will wait for a little while. Then every time the
value of D will be checked whether it is 3 or not.

Fig. 2 .Circuit diagram of 5V power supply

D. Sound module
Sound module basically consists of a speaker. We used
speaker for token number announcement. The IC LM741
filters and amplifies the analog signal.
E. Power supply
For the proper working of the circuit a 5v DC supply is all
that required. The microcontroller requires 5v for working.
The display also requires 5v for working precisely. A
microcontroller based system demands a power supply which
provides a constant DC power. A transient on the power
supply could result in system failure. The power supply unit
designed in this system is 5v DC and not affected by variation
in the AC serving as input to the transformer. A 230v
transformer is used with output voltage of 9v.Four
IN4007diodes formed a bridge rectifier, which converts the
AC to DC and satisfies the charging current demands of the
filter capacitor. The DC voltage varies above and below an
average value. This variation is called ripple voltage which is
reduced to a minimum value by filter capacitors. Capacitors
of capacitance 1000microfarads were chosen to reduce the
ripple voltage and achieve a filtered voltage which resembles
a smooth DC voltage as much as possible (fig.1).

Fig . 3 . Proteus Simulation output

For the value of D (accept D=3), we will increase it by 1.

It will do the same taking the next digits. If D=3 then our
program will regard D=1 and wait for input. Then for next
every input, it will do the same, increasing the value of K.
The whole program is shown in the flowchart (fig.4) and the
circuit diagram of our proposed device is shown in (fig.3).


We have chosen the basic language, to work out in

For collecting data from voice signal we first recorded the

distinct voice signals for every digit and then a matlab code is


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Fig . 4. Software block diagram.

used to generate 8-bit PCM wave. This code is converted by
MATLAB to some AVR Bascom-compatible code that can
be readily pasted into the main coding part as a data array. in
figure(5) we showed the respective voice signal for digit 1
and portion of data file is given in figure (6). In the same way
we converted all (0 to 9 ) voice signal to data.


Often we see that there are more than 99 people in the
queue of our canteen. Using our device it has become simpler
to serve this huge number of people. Everyone liked our
number announcing system with voice.

Fig . 6.Data file from MATLAB output.


Fig. 5. Voice signal in MATLAB.

We have designed a unique microcontroller based

intelligent token number speaker and display system
successfully. In many places we have noted that, a person is
sitting with a microphone to announce the number of the
display .But using our proposed device it can be done without
a person to speak in the token number. Another specialty of
our proposed device is that, it is possible to announce the
token number in any language changing the voice file to the

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required language of the world without changing any

hardware. Our proposed device is cheaper and its required
power is very less. To make it user friendly we have kept only
two buttons (reset, next) to operate the device .Overall we are
very hopeful about our proposed device.



We are thankful to EEE Department of The University of
Asia Pacific (UAP) for the support to develop this device as


R, K, Megalingam, Sreenath PS, Low Power Microcontroller Based

Simple Smart Token Number Display System, 2009 Fifth
International Conference on MEMS NANO, and Smart Systems
Ms. Seint Seint Htwe Remote Token Display and Sound System,
World academy of science, engineering and technology.


atmega128 Microcontroller datasheet, Microchip Technologies


Munzur-ul-Mamun has been pursuing B.Sc.Engg. (EEE)

in the Department of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering (EEE), The University Of Asia Pacific
(UAP). He is a student of 3rd year/2nd semester and his
student ID No: 08108044.He has several publications in
Microcontroller based circuit designs.

A. H. M Zadidul Karim ,He is working as an Assistant

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering (EEE), The University of Asia Pacific (UAP).
He has completed his Masters of Engineering from BUET.
He has several publications in biomedical signal
processing and DSP.